USA to help India build six nuclear power plants

Andrea Thompson and Vijay Gokhale

Washington, USA – The United States of America and India have agreed to give strength to the security and civil nuclear cooperation, including constructing six new nuclear power plants in India. The agreement was released after two days of talks in Washington.

The United States of America under President Donald Trump has been always looking forward to provide energy solutions to India, which is the second most populous country and also the third biggest buyer of oil in the world.

The talks were made between Andrea Thompson, the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security and Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

“They committed to strengthening bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India,” they said in a joint statement. There is no official project details were given to the world, but we hope to get more information soon.

Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse has been working out to build the nuclear reactors in India from a long time, but the progress has been really slow due to India’s nuclear liability legislation and the Westinghouse bankruptcy case filed in 2017 put the project in doubt.

In August 2018 Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management bought Westinghouse from Toshiba and in April last year, Westinghouse received strong support from U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry for its project in India, which projected the building of six AP1000 reactors in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

India is planning to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 to remove Asia’s third-largest economy off polluting fossil fuels. India and Russia also signed a pact of building six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India following summit talks between their leaders in New Delhi.

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